It was back in 2016 when BMW first electrified the 3 series by introducing the plug-in hybrid 330e, and now the bayers are ready to completely remove the combustion engine. After last year's rumor of a 3-serie EV that never came to work (we instead got the Vision Dynamics concept instead), it looks like the company is now dead serious about introducing a full electric version of its best-selling car.
At first sight, it may look like a fairly common prototype of next generation 3 series, but the mandatory "electric test vehicle" stickers on the front doors and rear bumper reveal the true identity of the car. The fact that it had a closed front grille is another clear sign, the test vehicle lacked an ICE that would require cooling. Yes, it has two exaggeration tips on the back, but they're just for killing us, just as Porsche has tried to do with his Taycan prototypes.
Our spies tell us BMW tested 3 Series EV in a Tesla Model 3 model, making it crystal clear that the vehicle we're looking at is completely electric. Interestingly, the zero-emission premium had since a camera mounted on the top of the windscreen and another attached to the upper part of the rear glass. It is also worth noting that the red label on the front panel windows shows a fire extinguisher, which may be mandatory when car manufacturers test electric cars.
Other than that, it looks like a normal next genes 3-series prototype. That said, we expect BMW to make a few subtle styling tweaks here and there to separate the conventionally driven models from the environmentally friendly version.
No words at the moment about technical specifications, but BMW is well aware of the fact that the electric 3 Series will go up to Model 3, so it's possible to compete with the Tesla 310 kilometer range of almost 300 miles. The Vision Dynamics concept, which is bound to be in4 in 2020, will have a range of 340 to 435 miles (547 to 700 km) according to BMW CEO's promise and we will not be surprised if 3 Series EV will use an adaptation of the same hardware. Having said that, Harald Kruger has probably referred to a NEDC figure, so reach in the real world will be significantly lower.
Rumor has it BMW will take cover from next generation 3 Series already in October at the Paris Motor Show. An internal combustion engine is probably slated to come later in the life cycle.